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PRIOR PRINTER'S NO. 919
PRINTER'S NO. 1060
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
742
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY K. WARD, LANGERHOLC, STEFANO, VOGEL, BROOKS,
FOLMER, GORDNER, MENSCH, BAKER AND J. WARD, JUNE 10, 2019
SENATOR K. WARD, TRANSPORTATION, RE-REPORTED AS AMENDED,
JUNE 25, 2019
AN ACT
Amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes, in inspection of vehicles, further providing for
requirement for periodic inspection of vehicles.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 4702(g) of Title 75 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding a paragraph and the
section is amended by adding subsections to read:
ยง 4702. Requirement for periodic inspection of vehicles.
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(g) Exceptions.--The following are exceptions to subsection
(f):
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(5) Emission inspection criteria for newest model year
vehicles.--A subject vehicle shall be exempt from the
requirements for emission inspection for eight years after
the vehicle is manufactured. A one-time certificate of
exemption shall be affixed to the subject vehicle for the
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entire duration of the exemption and in a manner prescribed
by department regulation. After the eighth year, the subject
vehicle shall receive an emission inspection in accordance
with this section. The department shall notify the official
inspection stations on a periodic basis of vehicles exempt
from the requirements for emission inspection.
(h) Notification to Environmental Protection Agency.--The
Department of Environmental Protection shall immediately notify
the Environmental Protection Agency of the modifications to the
vehicle emission program in subsections (g)(5) and (j) and of
the intent to seek its approval of the plan in accordance with
the requirements of Federal law. The department shall notify the
chair and minority chair of the Transportation Committee of the
Senate, the chair and minority chair of the Transportation
Committee of the House of Representatives, the chair and
minority chair of the Environmental Resources and Energy
Committee of the Senate and the chair and minority chair of the
Environmental Resources and Energy Committee of the House of
Representatives of the department's notification to the
Environmental Protection Agency.
(H) REVISED STATE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN.--WITHIN 60 DAYS OF
THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBSECTION, THE DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SHALL INITIATE THE PROCESS FOR EMISSION
INSPECTION CRITERIA FOR NEWEST MODEL YEAR VEHICLES IN THE
VEHICLE EMISSION INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. THE
FOLLOWING SHALL APPLY:
(1) THE REVISED STATE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN SHALL BE
COMPLETED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 1, 2020, AND SHALL
CONVINCINGLY DEMONSTRATE THAT THE EMISSION INSPECTION
CRITERIA FOR NEWEST MODEL YEAR VEHICLES CAN MAINTAIN THE
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RELEVANT STANDARDS WITHOUT BENEFIT OF THE EMISSIONS
REDUCTIONS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE VEHICLE EMISSION INSPECTION
AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM.
(2) THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SHALL
COMPLY WITH FEDERAL LAW DURING THE PROCESS, INCLUDING
ENSURING THAT THE REVISION WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH ATTAINMENT
REQUIREMENTS OR REASONABLE FURTHER PROGRESS TOWARD ATTAINMENT
AND THAT FEDERAL FUNDING IS NOT NEGATIVELY IMPACTED AS A
RESULT OF THE REVISION.
(3) THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SHALL
NOTIFY THE CHAIR AND MINORITY CHAIR OF THE TRANSPORTATION
COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE, THE CHAIR AND MINORITY CHAIR OF THE
TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE
CHAIR AND MINORITY CHAIR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND
ENERGY COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE AND THE CHAIR AND MINORITY
CHAIR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY COMMITTEE OF
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION'S NOTIFICATION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL
PROTECTION AGENCY.
(i) Notice of approval.--Upon approval by the Environmental
Protection Agency under subsection (h), the secretary SECRETARY
OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION shall transmit notice of the
approval to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in
the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The emission inspection criteria
under subsection (g)(5) shall apply 120 days following
publication of the notice.
(j) Antitampering inspections.--Notwithstanding the
provisions of subsection (g)(5), the eight most recent model
year vehicles shall be subject to visual antitampering
inspections for the presence of emissions control components
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installed on the vehicle by manufacturers, which may occur
during the annual safety inspection.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 120 days.
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